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James Douglas
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29 Aug 2013

For countless generations the sword had been kept hidden, ready for a time of need. But not hidden well enough, because on one warm July night in1937 it vanished - its disappearance swallowed up in the storm clouds of war that would soon engulf the world.

1941 - twelve SS generals gather at a castle in East Prussia to re-enact an ancient rite and call on the spirits of Europe’s mightiest warriors to aid them in the coming battle in the East. At the heart of the ritual is a pentagram formed by five swords. One of them is Excalibur, the mythical weapon pulled from a stone by King Arthur.

2010 - Art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair laughs when he reads the codex to a German war veteran’s will, the strange ritual it describes and the mention of a sword named Excalibur. But collector Adam Steele is convinced - and if Jamie can find the legendary sword, he will pay a small fortune for it. The hunt for Excalibur takes Jamie from Germany to eastern Poland and a deadly encounter in Hitler’s Wolf’s Lair. The castle has been destroyed down to the last stone and the only clue to the sword’s fate is the strange tale of a wartime partisan unit murdered by its own commander.

With a team of international assassins on his trail and the distinction between friend and enemy a blur, Jamie finally makes it back to a Britain under siege, where the last piece of the puzzle falls into place and he discovers that the line between obsession and madness is gossamer thin...

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552167924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552167925
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 12.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Douglas is the pen name of an author of successful historical fiction novels. The Doomsday Testament is the first in a series of thrillers featuring art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair.

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"Impeccably researched and high on intrigue, the opening chapter will have you absolutely hooked from the explosive start." (Saturday (Supp. to the Scottish Daily Record))

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The explosive new historical thriller from the author of The Doomsday Testament and The Isis Covenant.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1 Nov 2013
By Huge
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I was in two minds about taking this to download having read so many other similar stories but I was really pleased I did. Lots of good historical detail and excitement. A great read highly recommend it to those who love adventure and intrigue
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arthur 19 Oct 2013
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You wish it was true. That Arthur could come back and save us. We will never know if he really did exist. I hope so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Clever, pageturning thrillers are not to be taken for granted. Once you discover an author who has developed the perfect formula - intriguing mystery, three-dimensional characters (both goodies and baddies), gripping peril and action, drama and pathos combined, with just the right amount of realism - then you'll look forward to every book. James Douglas is such an author.

Probably best known for his fine Roman historical fiction written as Douglas Jackson (there are lots of reviews of those here), his present day thrillers are just as well written and researched, plotted and compelling, with threads running through of ancient mysteries and their more recent corruption, usually at the hands of the Nazis. The Excalibur Codex is the third in the series which features art recovery expert Jamie Saintclair and it is every bit as good as its two predecessors, The Doomsday Testament and The Isis Covenant.

As with all thrillers, I don't want to give anything away of the plot but it's clear from the title that we're dipping in to Arthurian territory here. Jamie is in need of a distraction and it's provided by old friend and collector Adam Steele who asks Jamie to follow the clues to the hiding place of Arthur's sword, Excalibur. The puzzle takes Jamie and his companions across Europe and further in the hunt for people who have distorted the past and even completely dislocated it from its roots and there is much more to it than mythology's most famous sword.

The Excalibur Codex stands on its own very well. I would recommend that you read the other two first but it isn't vital.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When I got this book on my Kindle, I was looking forward to following the next episode in the adventures of Jaime Saintclair It begins well and rattles along at a good pace, with a fair degree of mystery, excitement and bloody mayhem. The villain is soon identified, but that doesn't detract in any way from the enjoyment of the story, it seems to add to it, and the little twist with the Muslim terrorists tries to divert the reader and the plot quite well.

The tale is a bordering on the fantasy genre, but then, many stories in real life are. The history behind the book is well researched, if a somewhat embellished and a little fanciful, but then; if you want a history book then it would be best to look in a library. If what you want is a good, old-fashioned adventure (ripping yarn) story,then this is a good choice.

The author writes under a pseudonym, as he is also writer of historical fiction,(try them out as well) and this is the third in a series with his cheesy hero, Jamie Saintclair. If you have not read the others, it is not a bar to enjoying this book,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma Peel with a splash of Lauren Bacall 16 Sep 2013
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When i reviewed the Doomsday Testament i said James Douglas had set the bar high,and when the Isis Covenant arrived i said the bar had been set even higher,well now we have the Excalibur Codex and i now think we have to move from the high jump to the pole vault, as the bar has got even higher.This mystery/thriller moves at a cracking pace from page one,as James Saintclair is pitched head long into a mystery that takes him into a dangerous hinterland where the loyalties and hatreds of the past live on,and the line between fanaticism and madness is gossamer thin.Once again James Douglas passion for the period,along with detail research set`s up a cracking story,i have been trying to place what type of hero Jamie Saintclair is,there is a little bit of James Bond,a bit of Indiana Jones and a touch of Simon Templar,but in the end i just add Jamie Saintclair to that list of all action hero`s.If this is your first outing with James Douglas,then you have the joy of two more Jamie Saintclair adventures to catch up with,while i will have to go and look for a pole for the next book,as i am sure that the bar will go even higher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Excalibur Codex 12 Oct 2013
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Enjoyable book. Will be reading some more of this author. Kept me guessing all the way right to the end of the tale
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book. 27 May 2014
By Michele
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wonderful book indeed! I couldn't put it down. I adore the Arthurian legend, so for me this was perfect.

more please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting 24 Jan 2014
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I really enjoyed this book. Lots of history and myth and action. Suspend your reality for a while and believe in Excalibur!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable in places
Good story, although I guessed about some of the things that were happening quite early on in the book.
Published 1 month ago by Wendier
1.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy
Trash! An adventure story like this must be credible to make it worth reading, this one is certainly not. My copy went in the next charity bag.
Published 2 months ago by Richard N. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyable fantasy nicely written!
Published 2 months ago by Silverfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read and for anyone who loves a treasure hunt just the ticket.
Great read couldn't put it down, a real treasure hunt with a lot ancient history to keep you entertained, charactersb
Published 5 months ago by Neil form the shires
5.0 out of 5 stars book excalibar
the book is good and i got it very quick the sevice i receved was exselant many thanks will be ordering more
Published 5 months ago by robin smith
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE HIS BOOKS
This is the third book by this author I have read and they have all been very good. Looking forward to his next one. Read more
Published 9 months ago by JoBaker
4.0 out of 5 stars The hunt for a sword no one believes exists
The start is a bit brutal, and maybe could give someone ideas !
The story is well interspersed with action and intrigue. Who is trying to double cross who ? Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars book
James Douglas is always a favourite of mine and I enjoyed this book very much. I hope he continues to write similar series.
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. O. M. Hartshorn
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but not gripping
The pace of this book is a little slow which made it a bit too easy to put down.Still, not a bad story - definitely worth finishing.
Published 11 months ago by HelenM
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
I was really dissapointed in the ending. Won't bother with the rest of the series. Good for a mediocre read
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. A. Trotter
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